Office Puppy Diaries Volume 3: When can puppies be around other dogs?
Puppies are glorious little balls of boundless energy. They will play with anything and everything! But should you let them? When can a puppy be around other dogs? Our newest office puppies are so playful and curious! It's big dog vs small dog in here, and the little guys usually win! As we mentioned in an earlier post, it's important to make sure that a puppy has all their shots before they really go nose-to-nose with other dogs. There are other reasons to be cautious when you have puppies playing. It is not uncommon for playing puppies to lack the concept of moderation, and it is extremely important that their owners limit their exercise so that they play a safe and healthy amount. A puppy's muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments are not fully grown and are "still soft" until they are around 10 months are so. A big dog and small dog have different limits, so keep an eye on any puppy playing with the grown-ups, no matter how bold they might seem. You might be wondering: when is a puppy a dog? Small dogs are considered fully grown at around 10 months (and large dogs at around 18 months). However, even after a puppy is considered fully grown, it is still important to make sure your furry friend is playing safe!
There are many unsettling stories of puppies suffering serious (and costly) injuries from excessive play. Too much, too soon puts your pup at risk. Even if they aren't showing any signs of tiring, it is not a good idea to let them retrieve for hours at a time. It's best to start small and to gradually let them work their way into playing and exercising more intensely. The same mindset goes for puppies and big dogs playing. Assuming they've had their shots, some brave puppies love to romp with the big dogs! Allowing your puppy to play with other dogs is the perfect way to exercise and socialize them, the key is to not go overboard. The younger the puppy the more you want to limit how long they go at it and if the other dog is much bigger, you'll want to make sure they don't get excessively rough to keep your pup safe. Under the right conditions, puppies can play with bigger dogs but it's up to the responsible owner to ensure they stay safe. PetDoors.com had a 3-month Aussie puppy stop by the office, so Maverick and Loki were able to enjoy some puppy time. Here's some of the action in slowmo:
We also have more articles in the Office Puppy Diaries Saga! Check out the next Office Puppy Diaries Volume 4: No Begging (Kind Of) here!